Perfluorocarbons (CxFy; also mixtures)

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  • colourless and odourless gases or highly volatile liquids

Main sources

  • use and inappropriate disposal of products with perfluorocarbons
  • primary aluminium production
  • refrigeration
  • technical cleaning
  • tetrafluoromethane: partially natural source

Thresholds for the reporting requirement of facilities in accordance with Annex 2 PRTRO

(Ordinance on the Register relating to Pollutant Release and the Transfer of Waste and of Pollutants in Waste Water)

  • Air               100 kg/year
  • Water           -
  • Soil               -


  • not toxic to humans and animals in normally occurring concentrations
  • contributes to the greenhouse gas effect (greenhouse potential 100 to 12,000 greater than that of carbon dioxide)

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    Last modification 16.12.2016

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